Now that the federal government passes along financial support to public colleges and universities at a small fraction of what they did 20 or 30 years ago, colleges and universities across the country are turning to students and their families to keep making up the gap. And it’s looking like that same old song, “second verse, same as the first” – fewer and fewer of college worthy young people simply can’t go because of the cost. What used to cost students $1,200 a semester in college is now bumping up against $5,000 to $8,000 a year. And for those who work in order to go to college, they’re getting squeezed because for years the minimum wage was allowed to languish at the bottom of the political agenda.
The state legislature just approved a stair-stepped increase of the minimum wage in Oregon but it’s going to take a number of years for those higher rates to take effect.
Here’s more on the story from The Oregonian. Click here.